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Program Overview

Curriculum

The four-year diagnostic radiology residency program is designed to provide residents with direct clinical involvement with graduated levels of responsibility. Hands-on experience is a major feature of the program. Residents initially interpret radiographic studies, which are subsequently reviewed by a faculty attending. Additionally, during most interventional procedures, residents are primary operators under the direct supervision of the attending radiologist.

RotationsBlocks*
Body CT/MR/US5 blocks
Ultrasound3 blocks
Chest/Cardiac (Thoracic)4 blocks
GI/GU/Fluoroscopy3 blocks
Mammography4 blocks
Musculoskeletal3 blocks
Neuroradiology CT/MR5 blocks
Night Float5 blocks
Nuclear Medicine4 blocks
Pediatrics3 blocks
VA Clinic3 blocks
Vascular/Interventional Radiology5 blocks
Elective4 blocks
AIRP**1 block

*The Blocks noted are a sample of what a resident might expect to complete during a four-year residency. The numbers provided are approximate.

**Residents are provided with tuition and a partial housing stipend to attend the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology course in radiological pathology in Washington, D.C.

The broad curriculum and educational experience is supervised by the Radiology Educational Committee, which is composed of several attending physicians and the chief residents. This Educational Committee oversees all aspects of the program, including resident responsibility guidelines, the resident's annual rotation schedule and the noon lecture series.

The first six months of residency consist of exposure to the following primary radiology areas: pediatrics, body ultrasound, body CT/MR, GI/fluoroscopy, neuro CT/MR and thoracic/cardiac imaging. Every effort is made to pair first-year residents with more senior residents who can provide educational and clinical support. First-year residents have limited dictation responsibilities during the first week of these rotations to allow them to dedicate themselves to learning each field's basic interpretative principles. We have also instituted an emergency radiology core teaching module that each first-year radiology resident completes prior to assuming call responsibilities.

All residents participate in a mentoring program which provides them a faculty member who can offer guidance during the training process and act as a resource for individual needs. Periodic reviews provide a forum to encourage educational progress and professional development.

Conferences and Teaching Facilities
Our education curriculum is formalized into a two-year rotating lecture series to ensure ample presentation of learning material. Our conferences include the following:

  • Daily noon lectures comprised of interactive case presentations and didactic presentations, as well as other topics such as quality assurance and research design.
  • Weekly multidisciplinary conferences which include the core imaging categories including abdominal, breast, cardiothoracic, GI/fluoroscopy, vascular/interventional, musculoskeltal, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine and pediatrics.
  • Radiology grand rounds conference: a monthly conference presented by the residents.

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